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September 25, 2022

30 Vintage Photos of Eleanor Boardman in the 1920s and ’30s

Born 1898 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, American actress Eleanor Boardman originally acted on stage, but she lost her voice while starring in The National Anthem. She then entered a nationwide contest for new actors and actresses for silent films and was chosen from among 1,000 competitors by Goldwyn Pictures as their “New Face of 1922”.

After several successful supporting roles, Boardman played the lead in Souls for Sale in 1923. That same year, her growing popularity was reflected by her inclusion on the list of WAMPAS Baby Stars.

Boardman appeared in more than 30 films during her career, achieving her greatest success in director King Vidor’s The Crowd (1928). Her performance in that film is widely recognized as one of the outstanding performances in American silent film. In 1932, after some success in sound films, she parted ways with MGM. Her final film was The Three Cornered Hat, which was made in Spain in 1935. After that production, she retired from acting and retreated from Hollywood. Her only subsequent appearance was in an interview filmed for Kevin Brownlow and David Gill’s British documentary series Hollywood (1980).

Boardman died in her sleep at her Santa Barbara, California, home in 1991, at the age of 93. For her contributions to the film industry, she has a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her star is located at 6928 Hollywood Boulevard. Take a look at these vintage photos to see portraits of young Eleanor Boardman in the 1920s and 1930s.

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